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Teaming software for NIC on Windows 2008

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Refer to attached : IBM gave me this NetXtreme software to
do teaming / bonding of NIC on our newly purchased x3650
& x3850 servers which comes with Broadcom NIC

However, we have other x3650 & x3850 which come with
Intel NIC.

Q1:
Can I use the same software to do teaming?  It detects
Intel NICs too.  If not, kindly point me to a url / link to
download the relevant teaming software for Intel NIC
(Gigabit Quad port)

Q2:
If I don't use any of these software, is it possible to do
NIC teaming using Windows 2008 R2 (Standard &
Enterprise), ie is there a native WIndows 2008 feature
to do teaming / bonding ?
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Usually, if you have only intel NIC you should use intel teaming software.  If you have Broadcom nics and intel you should use broadcom teaming software. It will let you team all network interfaces that are seen on the system.
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by:sunhux
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What's the url / link to download the Intel teaming NIC software?
How to use that software?  For Broadcom's, IBM engr had shown
me how to use it
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You do not want to use intel teaming when you have Broadcom network interfaces.
http://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/cs-009747.htm
I believe it says so in the documentation of the intel proset.

I do not have access currently to that info.  I'll post the snippet if necessary.
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by:sunhux
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An IBM field engr told me that if I have only Intel NIC cards on
our x3650 and x3850 servers (running Win 2008), we don't need
to use any teaming software as Win 2008 OS itself can team them.

Is that so?  If so pls provide the link that show step by step on how
to do the Intel NIC ports teaming
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by:nappy_d
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I would recommend that you take advantage of the Intel driver for NIC teaming.
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by:65td
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IBM info re: X-servers:
http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5087898

Not aware of builtin Windows teaming.
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by:denbosse
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There is no built-in windows 2008 r2 teaming functionality. Native teaming will be introduced in windows server 8.
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